Are grafts for gum recession painful?

Hyun J. Song, DDS

Graft itself is not painful; the donor site from the palate can be painful. Ask your surgeon to fabricate a surgical stent to protect the roof of your mouth. Sometimes using the topical anesthetic on the roof (donor site) can be very helpful.

Following a gum graft, you may experience discomfort from the wounds near the tooth and on the roof of your mouth. Prescription pain medication should help reduce the discomfort.

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